Bl oo dDi amond
Monday, go!, 9.10pm, MA15+ (2006)
Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured) went two for two in 2006 with his great performance in The Departed followed by an equally striking effort in Edward Zwick’s stirring action-drama. DiCaprio plays cold-hearted South African diamond smuggler Danny, caught in a crossfire of mo ral conflict in civil war-stricken Sierra Leone. Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly are part of his quest to possess a priceless stone. Blood Diamond has a lot in common with The Constant Gardener – also structured around the wages of war in Africa – but lac ks its subtlety. On the flipside, the action is thunderous and the heroics are genuinely exciting.